limerick has the largest proportion of Facebook users outside Dublin, a new survey has shown.
According to statistics just released from the Three Mobile, with the National Broadband Scheme, the Treaty City accounts for 17 per cent of Facebook’s users in the Republic of Ireland, outranking Cork and Waterford which account for 15 per cent and ten per cent of the social networking site’s online users respectively.
Laura Ryan of the Limerick Communications Office said she was surprised the figure for Limerick was so low.
“Lonely Planet has described Limerick as one of Ireland’s most friendly cities. Obviously we like to talk, interact, and this is what Facebook does. It connects people to other people,” she said.
Laura added that when she is launching a city-wide event, she wouldn’t dream of not using social media.
“When we conducted our social media campaign for Riverfest, we got 1,600 fans in just over a week. For me, this showed us the power of Facebook and how people interacted with us as a festival.”
She predicted if Three Mobile ran the survey again in a few years the time, the figure would be even higher.
Meanwhile, Three Mobile has announced it is to invest €2.5m in its network in Limerick, as part of a new €38m contract with BT.
The deal will see extra broadband fibre rolled out to Three’s main mobile sites in Limerick including in Castletroy and Raheen.
Welcoming the announcement, Robert Finnegan CEO of Three, said: “The people of Limerick have certainly embraced the smartphone revolution and social networking craze. Limerick has one of the highest number of Facebook user’s in Ireland accounting for 17 per cent of the total number of Irish Facebook followers. “
He said the firm’s €2.5m network investment will help serve their “data-savvy” city customers, as well as increase mobile broadband usage in the more remote rural parts.